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Meet Light

Light's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Light (they/them) is a non-binary African American trans femme. They lost everything bootstrapping an AI-based watchdog start-up that centered protection and economic well-being of marginalized Chicago communities. As a result, this became the second time Light has had to navigate homelessness and severe mental health issues. When they encountered racialized medical barriers to obtain healthcare, they felt "desperate" and turned to grey markets to access HRT and prescriptions.

Light is a self-taught artist and photographer who hopes to broaden queer/trans/non-binary representation. "I hope my work inspires and underscores the achievement of the impossible through ingenuity, defiance, and perseverance despite scarce resources," they share. When reflecting on what access to hair removal will mean for them, Light was overjoyed: "I'll be able to achieve priorities like employment, interviewing confidently, and re-establishing a social circle." Light added, "As a black femme, the terror of being victimized is crippling. But I already feel joyful because such fear will diminish."

Light's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 11, 2023

    Light was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    August 15, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Light's permanent hair removal!
  • Renewal Award Granted

    February 7, 2024

    Light was offered a renewal award

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

On average, it costs $2,300+ for Light's care.

What is it?

Point of Pride provides grants to trans femme people seeking hair removal on their face, neck, or an area of the body in preparation for bottom surgery.

What is life like for a person who needs this care?

For trans femme folks, particularly trans femmes of color, access to facial hair removal often equates to safety against anti-trans violence or discrimination. It's common for applicants to note issues with employment and public safety, particularly if their facial hair is dark or thick. Electrolysis and laser hair removal services are often deemed cosmetic and therefore not covered by health insurance plans.

What is the impact of this care on the recipient’s life?

Access to hair removal often leads to a more positive emotional well-being, increased confidence, increased safety when in public, and better opportunities at employment and more.